The taste: As an expat, this Jaunted writer has given Vegemite a fair chance. We've even spooned a bit into a stirfry! Nonetheless, the flavor on buttered toast has never put a "rose on our cheeks." For the Smith's chips, we surprisingly enjoyed the taste. Chips are meant to be salty and these are no exception. Vegemite is a strong flavor and Smith's went easy on the seasoning, so we'd actually recommend these chips as a perfect introduction to the spread. Salty with a slight, sweet aftertaste mixes perfectly with the crunch and lightness of the crinkle-cut chip.
The price: Each 3oz, 90g, bag is on special price for AUD $1. At time of publication, the USD and AUD has been back and forth with parity, so just about USD $1.
Where to find it: Typically, potato chips are found in most grocery and convenient stores. These limited-edition flavors are solely available at a grocery chain called Coles and its cheaper sister-store, BI-LO. We have seen some bags at local shops such as IGA.
Vegemite is not the only flavor that has been launched. We have sampled flavors such as Sunday Roast, Pizza, and the popular yet elusive, Meat Pie with Tomato Sauce (tomato sauce is Aussie for ketchup).
To understand how integral Vegemite is to Australian culture, here is a YouTube clip to a vintage ad.
Uncanny how close this flavor is to home cooking
A little slice of Italy...in Australia
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[Photo: Rayme Gorniak for Jaunted]